by: Leslie Jamison, Oxford American

It’s early morning and I’m hunting for quarters. Downtown Fayetteville is quiet and full of stately stone buildings: mining money, probably. We’re in the heart of coal country. The corner diner isn’t open yet. The “Only Creole Restaurant in West Virginia” isn’t open yet. City Hall isn’t open yet. One of its windows displays a flier raising money to build a treehouse for a girl named Izzy.

I’m looking for quarters because I’m headed to prison


by: Wayne Drash, CNN

They call themselves the Ice Breakers: six runners with a history of mental illness and a coast-to-coast mission.
Their goal: Break the ice of talking about a once-taboo subject so other sufferers might find help. 

These men and women spent the past few weeks running across America -- the first time, they say, that a six-person relay team has made such a journey. Together, they've logged 5 million steps over 3,100 miles...

They ran in four-hour shifts around the clock every day for 3½ weeks. All six were rarely together at the same time. While one runner hit the road, two RVs and a support van shuttled the other five to and fro.


by: Jeff Perlman, Runner's World

When one spends 111 consecutive days of his life running across the Sahara Desert, there is time to think. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of time to think. So that's what Charlie Engle did. He thought about a double cheeseburger, nestled comfortably alongside a pile of fries, and a large, icy Pepsi. He thought about his two sons; about his boyhood in North Carolina; about Johnny Cash; about the Tar Heels; about a cool shower; a clean bathroom; a funny joke; the strange color of his last poop. Mostly, he thought about Wichita, Kansas. About a curb and a druggie and a life 99.9 percent ruined...

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"The story of Charlie Engle first found its way into my consciousness back around 2006 or 2007. I still vividly recall hearing Charlie relate the facts of his experience in a radio interview he did with a host I cannot recall. What I do recall is just how moved I was by his journey. A story that didn’t just click with me, but one I related to with every fiber of who I am."   - Rich Roll 

"This question isn’t, “What did we talk to Charlie Engle about?” The question is, “What didn’t we talk to Charlie Engle about?” Recently released from federal prison and featured on Rock Center with Brian Williams, Charlie Engle grants us an all-access – anything goes interview. From life running ultras prior to prison to his life in and out of prison, we learn how running ultras prepared Charlie for a very unexpected and compelling journey." - Eric Schranz, UltraRunner Podcast

"Charlie Engle is one of the most interesting ultra-marathoner on earth, from his past drug addictions, his highly acclaimed project “Running the Sahara” to his stint in prison. Running is his salvation and inspiration for runners around the world.  In a recent interview, Charlie stated “In every long run, I want to push myself to that point where all seems hopeless because that is the exact place where I get to discover new things about myself”.  This comment is intriguing and merits further understanding. In this interview Richard Diaz hopes to expose this mindset. This is a show you don’t want to miss!" - Richard Diaz, Natural Running Network

Ten Junk Miles interview

“Join Scotty and ultra legend Charlie Engle as they discuss his soon to be released book "Running Man : A Mamoir." The book chronicles Charlie's life: growing up with large track shoes to fill, falling in love with alcohol and marathoning and eventually crack. Recovery. His time in prison. It's all there in this intimate one on one.” - Scott Kummer

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